6.3 million people are living with HIV in South Africa.
I ACT empowers people living with HIV to confidently lead healthy lives.
Comfort and support for people living with and impacted by HIV
“The first few days after diagnosis I was referred by the facilitator to the support group. I could see that I was not alone and had friends. There are other people out there who live positively with the HIV diagnosis.” —K.M.
“I used to think, ‘Why must I let other people know about my problems?’ But participation in I ACT helped me realize that sharing with others does help. I wish I could tell everyone not to lose hope. Through I ACT I learned to believe and accept.” —M.N.
“I realized, with support from other people, that I am not alone. I was scared with all the thoughts coming into my mind. Through talking, light came and I felt the connection.” —Z.M.
“In the first meeting, I got freedom of speech. Everything was called by name. There were no secrets. I gained confidence to talk in front of the group and share with other people.” —P.S.
Strategies for disclosure
“With strategies from I ACT, I know where, how, why and when to disclose.” —N.M.
“I learned the importance of being ready to disclose and that there are different ways to disclose.” —N.R.
“It helps to disclose; there are benefits to disclosing, such as love, support and encouragement.”—M.V.
Accessible information about HIV, treatment and prevention
“I now know to abstain if my partner does not want to use a condom.”—V.M.
“I learned that if a person adheres to treatment, they can live a long and happy life. This made me go and do community work; I am now employed as a patient advocate and educate people around treatment literacy.” —K.M.
“I learned that not adhering to treatment puts you at risk for opportunistic infections; I should take treatment every day for the rest of my life.” —L.M.
“I now know that even if you are both HIV positive, you still need to use condoms to prevent other infections.”—J.B.